388th BG (H)

College Scholarship Program


Applications are available for high school students who are sons, daughters, or grandchildren of 388th Bomb Group Association Members to win a $1,000 scholarship for the college or university of their choice. One award will be given every year. The purpose of this program is to bring young people into closer connection with the (1) the history of the 388th during WWII, our 388th veterans, their missions, their patriotism, their courage and their sacrifices made in the name of freedom, and (2) to better understand the valor and dedication shown by servicemen and servicewomen in the armed forces on the global front and at home.  


Who is eligible? High school juniors and seniors who are family of 388th BG Association members, and planning to attend an institute of higher education within the next 2 years.


What is required?  A three-page, ~ 1,500-word essay on the topic, “The 388th: Past and Present- Answering Our Nation’s Call” to be submitted in both hard copy and electronic form. A cover letter is advised. As you think about your writing, there are many areas to explore and include in your essay. Zero in on something that is meaningful to you and your family. You may want to research about a specific crew or crew member, a base or base event, specific targets, specific sorties, the roles of the air and ground crews, B17 aircraft mechanics, what a mission briefing was like, or compare 388th aircraft today with those used during WWII, just to give a few examples. 


What are the evaluation criteria?  More details will be sent to you, but briefly, the highest scoring essays will be written with personal integrity, creativity, originality, clarity, and accuracy, with appropriate references, citations, and sources given, using a variety of media and resources.  Communication with 388th BG veterans and active duty 388th FW servicemen and servicewomen is strongly encouraged. We can help you with that.


How will the selection be made? A dedicated scholarship committee composed of internal and external reviewers including 388th veterans, association members, and secondary and post secondary level educators, will read and score the essays, and make the final selection. During this process, the writer’s name will not appear on the final copy of the essay.


When will the award be presented? The scholarship award will be announced during the summer preceding the Annual 388th BG Reunion. The presentation will take place at the reunion banquet to which the recipient will be invited and honored. Attendance of the awardee will not be required, but is highly encouraged.


How do I start?  Contact Terry Woodford-Thomas with your inquiries and intentions, and an application and further details will be sent to you. 


The deadline to receive all applications and essays is June 30, 2020.



Terry Woodford-Thomas

388th BG Scholarship Committee

2832 140th Ave. NE

Bellevue, Washington 98005





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